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Kirpan
Like all religions, the Sikh faith is steeped in tradition. One of the most revered is the carrying of a Kirpan, a sword or dagger, at all times.

"People will even wear it in the shower. It's kind of hard for others to understand," said Jaswinder Singh, spokesman for the Gurudwara Sikh Center of Seattle.

The concept of the Kirpan is taught to children at an early age. The dagger is considered an instrument of social justice.

"For the people who are formally initiated to the Kirpan, it's very near and dear," said Singh.

But is it appropriate to bring to school?

A few weeks ago at Auburn's Gildo Rey Elementary, a Sikh family approached the school telling them their little boy would be carrying a Kirpan every day.

That didn't sit well with some.

EbolaThe governors of New Jersey and New York said Friday they are ordering a mandatory, 21-day quarantine for all doctors and other travelers who have had contact with Ebola victims in West Africa.

The move came after a New York City doctor who returned to the U.S. a week ago from treating Ebola victims in Guinea was diagnosed with the lethal disease.

Many New Yorkers and others were dismayed to learn that in the week before he was hospitalized, Dr. Craig Spencer rode the subway, took a cab, went bowling, visited a coffee shop and ate at a restaurant.

HospitalThe gunman who killed one girl and shot four other students before taking his own life inside a high-school cafeteria north of Seattle does not appear to have chosen his targets at random — two of the victims are his cousins, relatives said.

Government officials identified the gunman in Friday's shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School as Jaylen Fryberg, a well-liked freshman and homecoming prince.

Two of the victims —15-year-old Andrew Fryberg and 14-year-old Nate Hatch — areJaylen Fryberg's cousins. Two other unidentified girls were also wounded.

A student opened fire in the cafeteria of his Washington state high school on Friday, killing a classmate and wounding at least four others before he was killed amid the chaos of students scrambling to safety, authorities said.

All of the victims were young people, and three were in critical condition with gunshot wounds to the head and in surgery, said Joanne Roberts, chief of medicine at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett.

The fourth wounded victim suffered less serious injuries in the gunfire at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, about 30 miles north of Seattle, and had been transferred to another hospital. Two of the victims were male and two female, hospital officials said.

"At this point, we are confirming that there are two deceased,” Marysville Police Commander Robb Lamoureux told reporters.

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., belives the U.S. needs to forget about political correctness and “go all out with surveillance” of Muslims.

King’s statement came a day after a shooting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada, where two people died, including the gunman.

“When you see a person who is a Muslim convert carrying out an attack two or three days after another similar type of attack, after ISIS has called upon individual Muslims to carry out these attacks, then we have to realize that this is a real issue and not something we can hide under this cover of political correctness,” King said during an interview with Newsmax TV’s “America’s Forum. “Anyone who thinks this is a coincidence is crazy.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States on Friday of endangering global security by imposing a "unilateral diktat" on the rest of the world and shifted blame for the Ukraine crisis onto the West.

In a 40-minute diatribe against the West that was reminiscent of the Cold War and underlined the depth of the rift between Moscow and the West, Putin also denied trying to rebuild the Soviet empire at the expense of Russia's neighbors.

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Putin said on Thursday that Russia had helped Ukraine's former president Viktor Yanukovich to flee to Russia in February after he was toppled in violent street protests in Kiev.

"I will say it openly - he asked to be driven away to Russia. Which we did," Putin told a meeting with political scholars.

The United States is to investigate whether militant group Islamic State (ISIS) used chemical weapons in Iraq, Secretary of State John Kerry has said.

Mr Kerry said he was looking into "extremely serious" allegations that IS attacked Iraqi police officers with chlorine gas last month.

Speaking on a visit to South Korea, Mr Kerry said the claims were unconfirmed.

Democrat Michelle Nunn has a slight 47 percent-44e perecent edge over Republican David Perdue in the Georgia race for an open Senate seat, according to a new CNN/ORC International survey released Friday.

The three-point margin falls within the poll's sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points, meaning the two candidates are statistically tied less than two weeks before Election Day.

If neither candidate garners 50 percent of the vote, the race heads to a January runoff.

A students believed to have opened fire at Marysville-Pilchuck High School Friday morning is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to two law-enforcement sources.

Police have not released details, but there are reports of as many as six other people injured.

Ambulances are staging around the school and police are searching room to room with guns drawn, leaving tape to mark the doors of the rooms that have been cleared. Students were being evacuated from the school, walking out and across the fields with their hands up. Some were being bused to a nearby church.

A Hudson County Superior Court judge has upheld East Newark's right to place a non-binding referendum on the Nov. 4 ballot asking voters whether the borough's students should attend high school in Harrison or Kearny.

Judge Peter Bariso Jr. ruled earlier this week that the borough's elected officials have the right to initiate the referendum, since the borough has an appointed school board and Mayor Joseph R. Smith, along with two council members, comprise 60 percent of East Newark's Board of School Estimate, according to Smith.